December 28, 2011
Hokies' late rally falls short
Three Tech players hit double digits
Cincinnati (8-5) 343266
Virginia Tech (3-9) 213455
  • Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va. - 3,019
  • High Points: 14 - Monet Tellier
  • High Rebounds: 12 - LaTorri Hines-Allen

BLACKSBURG, Va. – After trailing by 26 in the second half, the Virginia Tech women’s basketball team cut the lead down to 10 in the final two minutes, but were unable to overcome Cincinnati as the Bearcats held on to win 66-55 during the opening day of the Hilton Garden Inn Hokie Classic in Blacksburg, Va.

“We didn’t play for 28 minutes and then we played extremely hard for 12 minutes,” said head coach Dennis Wolff. I am very proud of the effort they had at the end. We need to try to play with that type of passion the whole time. Inefficiency at times on offense causes everyone to get frustrated and lose confidence.”

Leading Virginia Tech (3-9) was Monet Tellier with 14 points. Latorri Hines-Allen recorded her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds while Alyssa Fenyn added 13 points. Aerial Wilson handed out five assists.

Cincinnati (8-5) was led by Dayeesha Hollins with 26 points. Bjonee Reaves added 11 points while Chanel Chisholm grabbed nine rebounds.

Tech and Cincinnati opened the game trading baskets and were tied at seven before the Bearcats went on an 11-2 run to take an 18-9 lead just past the midway point of the half. The Bearcats continued their run, leading by as many as 15 (28-13) with 4:24 left on the clock, but the Hokies responded and cut the lead down to 10, 31-21, with 30 seconds to go. A three pointer by Hollins at the buzzer gave UC a 34-21 lead going into the break.

Coming out of intermission, Cincinnati went on a 7-0 run to go up 42-21 in the opening three minutes. The Bearcats continued their run and took the largest lead of the game, up 26 (56-30) with 7:49 to play. That would be Cincinnati’s final field goal over the next six minutes as Tech answered with an 18-2 run highlighted by nine points from Hines-Allen.

Cincinnati broke the drought with a three pointer from Reaves with just under two minutes remaining. The Bearcats maintained a double-digit lead over the next minute, but the Hokies cut it down to nine with 24 seconds remaining off a three pointer from Tellier. Cincinnati secured the win with a pair of made free throws by Reaves.

Virginia Tech had a solid defensive showing, causing 18 turnovers, blocking six shots and record seven steals. The Hokies scored 18 points off Cincinnati turnovers. The Bearcats held the slight 38-36 advantage on the boards.

Tech will face UMBC on Thursday during the final day of action at the Hilton Garden Inn Hokie Classic. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Cassell Coliseum.

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